PDX has seen a peak gust of 49 mph so far…so wind-wise everything is going as planned. Looks like tons of power outages across the entire region…not just in any one location. I haven’t seen evidence of mountain-wave activity yet, although it’s obvious this is a “downslope” event for now…Portland’s peak wind gust is about the same as Corbett in the Gorge so far! Always a sure sign with that.
Is this it? I don’t think so…in fact I wouldn’t be surprised to see it even a bit stronger in spots this evening and overnight. The WRF-GFS still shows 70kt wind a couple thousand feet up over the metro area during the night.
The high winds will continue for another 24 hours…hang on!
Models are overdoing the cold air; not a big surprise. Temps are in the mid 40s at The Dalles and approaching 40 in Pasco. Of course there will be more cooling for tomorrow, but I would guess the airmass temperature is running 5 degrees warmer than models had shown based on current Cascade temps and lower elevation spots. That makes me feel better about the snow/ice thoughts in the previous post.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen